A YouTuber in the U.K. is earning a wide range
of online reactions after tricking several celebrities
into appearing on a fake talk show.
Josh Pieters, who has become
infamous for his elaborate online
pranks, shared a video on May 1.
in where he revealed that he’d convinced several
famous people that they were appearing on an
episode of “The Late Late Show with James Corden”.
In the clip, Pieters interviews British
celebrities over a video call, using
old recordings from Corden’s show
to simulate a real conversation.
The YouTuber also got some help
from his friend, Archie Manners, who
pretended to be the show’s producer.
Manners, who set up the “interviews” with
people like Grammy-winning musician Craig David,
magician Julius Dein and “Love Island” it couple
Molly-Mae and Tommy Fury.
told the guests that Corden, calling in
from his home, could see them on video.
However, he managed to convince
each of them that, for technical reasons,
they could only hear his audio.
“Obviously, they’re filming [Corden] on the proper
CBS cameras in his house,” Manners explains.
Pieters then conducted full interviews with each
unknowing celebrity, simply by queuing up old clips
of Corden asking questions on his show.
Thanks to audio from a David Blaine performance on the “Late Late Show” Pieters even convinced Dein, the magician, to put on a full at-home magic routine.
The stunt, which has earned hundreds of
thousands of views between two videos, received
both praise and criticism from YouTube users.
Many said that Pieters, who has a history of pushing
his pranks to elaborate extents, was going too far.
“This is just sad, what have these people ever done
to you? what’s the point of wasting their time,
making them disappointed and probably embarrassed
that they weren’t actually on the show”.
“[Pieters] is gonna get sued one of these days but
until then, we need more of this asap,” another added.
Others were less upset by the idea and argued
that, despite the embarrassment, the celebrities
were still getting some kind of exposure.
“To be fair, they did get interviewed and plenty of
people are going to see it,” one user commented.
Just a few days after his “Late Late Show” prank,
Pieters went viral for a similar stunt, in which he
tricked “Tiger King” star Carole Baskin into her first
public interview since the Netflix documentary aired.
This time, Pieters used audio from old episodes of
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to convince
Baskin she was appearing on Fallon’s show